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A busy street in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo)

Barbados removes curfew restrictions; international flights to return

A busy street in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo)

Barbados will be lift all curfew restrictions on July 1, following news that it has no more coronavirus cases.

Barbados will remove all its COVID-19 restrictions on July 1. (Photo: businessinsider.com)

Minister of Health Lt Col. Jeffery Bostic said the country has gone 35 days without any local transmission of COVID-19 and all persons who were in isolation have been discharged.

“All persons who were repatriated on flights from the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have been discharged from quarantine, this is indeed good news,” he stated.

The country will also be reducing the physical distancing to one metre.

In addition to removing restrictions, Barbados will reduce physical distancing to one metre. (Photo: REUTERS/Nigel R Browne)

Meanwhile, Attorney General Dale Marshall informed the country that all daycare centres will reopen to full capacity next week. Sporting events will be able to have spectators, once physical distancing and wearing masks are observed. Indoor events will be subject to density requirements.

Additionally, the limit for outdoor entertainment and social events has been raised to 500 people, and those indoor will be subject to density capacity.

However, that limit can go above 500 once the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit approves.

Commercial flights to the island will resume on July 12.

The one-hour limit for church services will also be lifted, and baptisms will be permitted once people wear gloves.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said international flights will resume in the country.

“Commercial air traffic to resume on July 12 with Air Canada. British Airways restarts on July 18 from Gatwick; Jetblue from JFK in New York on July 25; Virgin Atlantic on August 1 and American Airlines on August 5. It is anticipated Caribbean Airlines will resume in mid-July. (BW),” she stated.

Visitors must undergo a COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departing for the island. They will be required to travel with their certificate that shows that they are COVID-19 negative.Failing to take the test will result in arrivals being tested at the airport.

Further, there will be no tourist flights from the United States, where the virus cases continue to soar, for 30 days.

–Sashana Small